How can Cesc Fabregas force his way back into Chelsea's plans?
Chelsea Football Club have made an extremely bright start to life under their new manager. Antonio Conte is already getting an excellent tune out of his new-look side, and his passion has been evident for all to see on the touchline. With some excellent transfer business made, they look the best bet to challenge the Manchester clubs for the Premier League title this term.
However, one man who hasn’t benefitted from the arrival of the influential Italian is Cesc Fabregas. The 29-year-old has been forced out of the starting line-up at the start of this campaign, and that’s purely down to an excellent combination being formed by N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic.
Conte likes a tight, compact middle of the park, and the aforementioned duo of Kante and Matic offer that in abundance. It’s now up to Fabregas to force his way back into the mix, and that’s a challenge that he hasn’t faced since his time out in Spain with his boyhood club FC Barcelona.
It is certainly possible for the Spaniard to do so, and he clearly has the talents and capabilities to make an impression on Conte sooner rather than later. He’ll no doubt get his chances, and the first of those will come in the EFL Cup third round on September 20th against Leicester City. There are also six Champions League games coming up before the turn of the year, those will provide Fabregas with the opportunities to shine – and it’s purely down to him to take those chances.
You’d imagine that N’Golo Kante has that first midfield spot pretty much locked down at the moment, but Nemanja Matic’s jersey could well be up for grabs. In games where Chelsea are on the front foot and pressing for a goal, Fabregas will get minutes from off of the bench, and although those will be limited, it’s down to the Spain international to come on and impress.
Fabregas is unique and he’s totally different to what Chelsea already have. Scoring goals from deep in midfield is a talent and ability that we don’t see all that often in the Premier League, but Cesc provides exactly that. We’ve seen him get disheartened in the past, though, and I just hope that situation doesn’t happen again, because when he’s on form there aren’t many better.
Let’s not forget that when he first burst onto the scene, Fabregas started as a #10. Chelsea and Conte seem to have settled on Oscar in that spot for the time being, but we all know just how inconsistent the Brazilian can be, and Fabregas has to be the next best option in that role too.
Another way he’ll get chances will be down to teammates injuries. This is where having a player like Fabregas benefits the whole team, because he can do an excellent job in all midfield roles, and this has to stand him in good stead.
His style of play is tailor-made for the Premier League, and it’s a competition he knows so well from his time at Stamford Bridge and Arsenal before that. We’ve seen just how deadly he can be when utilised correctly, and it’s up to Fabregas to remain patient, work hard in training and give Antonio Conte no option but to start him week-in, week-out.
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